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Immersive Theater Work Escape to Freedom Puts You in the Shoes of an Enslaved Person Fleeing a Raleigh Plantation

Posted by on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 9:52 PM

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Saturday, April 7 & Sunday, April 8
Mordecai Historic Park, Raleigh
Various times, $15, www.raleighnc.gov

This interactive, harrowing historical performance is staged each year by MOJOAA Performing Arts on the grounds of one of North Carolina's largest formerly slave-powered enterprises, the Mordecai Plantation, located less than a mile from the state capitol. Over the course of an hour-long performance, costumed actors "guide and thwart" audiences during a walking—and occasionally, running and hiding—tour of the buildings and grounds of Mordecai Historic Park. Why? In this show, you're cast as one of the enslaved people who were forced to work on these lands until the late 1800s, and now you're trying to escape, especially because historical records indicate that Henry Mordecai "was not kind" to his slaves. In Escape to Freedom, vividly witness and participate in the history behind the plaques, if you can bear it.

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